Being organized is an essential attribute for any professional; therefore, productivity and efficiency are often tied to organizational skills, regardless of what may be accomplished. Moreover, any entrepreneur would point to a rigorous routine of well-organized execution as one of the keys to success. If you are looking for inspiration to become organized and set a routine to follow, Benjamin Franklin is an ideal source of motivation. Benjamin Franklin’s day-to-day routine was quite meticulous. His typical day was as follows.
“Rise, wash, and address Powerful Goodness; manage day’s business and take the resolution of the day; prosecute the present study; and breakfast.”
The objectives to be achieved for the day are set in the morning. Consequently, a plan of execution is also devised to attain that goal. Then, any unfinished study is continued with the aim of completion.
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
During this time Benjamin Franklin worked.
During this time Franklin read and overlooked his accounts and dined. Allocating time in the agenda to recheck the completed work thus far shows attention to detail. At the same time reading to procure more knowledge (this could be work related or otherwise).
Allocating time in the agenda to recheck the completed work shows attention to detail Franklin had. At the same time reading to gain more knowledge (this could be work related or otherwise).
During this time Franklin started his second set of working for the day.
“Put things in their places, supper, music, or diversion, or conversation; examination of the day.”
After a regular eight hour work day, Benjamin Franklin’s daily itinerary includes chores’ and relaxation; resulting in entertainment either in the form of music, conversation, or some other diversion. Finally, his day is summed up with a re-evaluation of the day’s accomplishments.
10 p.m.-5 a.m.
Finally after a long day of working and being productive, Franklin made sure he got seven hours of sleep.
Self-examination was also important to Franklin. He began each day with the question “What good shall I do this day?” and ended the day with the self-assessment “What good have I done today?.” As a matter of fact, the importance of self-improvement and introspection displayed by Franklin could have beneficial consequences for our personal growth if duplicated in our daily life.
Franklin’s daily schedule might seem imposing and hard to keep pace with; however, don’t be discouraged as the man himself admitted, in his biography, to not have always followed his schedule. Aspiring to model your daily schedules like one of our founding fathers and an accomplished scientist can be a step in the right direction.
Science is organized knowledge; life is organized wisdom – German philosopher Immanuel Kant.
Franklin is a towering example of a life lived with achievements and fulfillment, resonating the words of Kant. We can all strive to emulate some aspects of Franklin’s organizational aptitude to gain greater efficiency and productivity in our everyday life and growth.